A rumor surfaced yesterday that the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans were in discussions regarding a possible trade for RB Ben Tate. The Cleveland Browns are in need of a running back now that Peyton Hillis has departed via free agency and given the injury history of RB Montario Hardesty. The move would make sense for the Cleveland Browns but I feel that this would be a very foolish move for the Houston Texans.
In recent seasons, being a running back for the Houston Texans has been a dangerous occupation, starting with Steve Slaton. The Texans have suffered injuries in repeated seasons at the running back position. What could be the possible motivation for the Texans to move Tate? He has proven himself to be more than adaquate as Arian Foster’s backup and would be a starter for most other teams. Tate is under contract with Houston until the 2014 season and he will be playing for a ridiculously cap friendly number, $490,000.00 dollars.